From school to higher education in Australia

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Hayden, M & Carpenter, P 1990, 'From school to higher education in Australia', Higher Education, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 175-196.

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This paper addresses the question of why young people go on from school to higher education in Australia. A person- situation interactionist theory to explain decisions taken in the matter is developed, and in the light of this theory a model to predict entry to higher education is advanced. The model is tested using data from separate studies in two Australian states, Victoria and Queensland. Results of bivariate and logistic regression analyses are generally consistent with expectations from the model. Certain interactive effects of variables in the model upon entry to higher education are reported.

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